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Letter from the Editor

I used to be boring. Need proof? Even as a child, I was never the type to attract attention. For example, every year I was a participant in at least one, and most years, two Christmas programs and/or pageants. There was always at least one child who stole the show by being exceptionally talented or misbehaving in some obnoxious manner. In retrospect, it must have been embarrassing for the parents to witness their child on stage in front of friends, neighbors, family and strangers doing something unscripted that the audience found humorous. Alas, I was never that child. I'm sure my parents breathed a sigh of relief at the end of every performance. However, that doesn't mean I did everything as we did in rehearsal. I can remember practicing our songs complete with motions and gestures. Then as the big day approached, we would practice lining up and marching onto the stage. On the day of the program, we were dressed in our finest and ready to shine. But no one ever told us what to expect. The stage looks different at night with bright lights shining in our eyes. And now the people listening were grown-ups and there were LOTS of them looking at us. It was scary. Even though I knew the words to the songs during rehearsal, I froze when on stage. This must have happened more than once because I can recall one year as we were getting dressed and Mother was fixing my hair, I promised to actually sing. Over the years, it did get easier and as I watched all the new young ones going through the same process, I realized that it is Page 4

a rite of passage for all children. Well, almost all children. Let's fast forward to the present. I'm still on stage frequently so stage fright is no longer a problem: until Kandy Derden is now. This Christmas I the Missouri begin a new Weekender Editor journey with a secondary job as the music director for a local church. I've had the training. I've had the experience. But this is the first time I am being paid, so naturally I want to do a good job. Some days, I feel pretty good about this new adventure. Then there are the days when I wonder what in the world have I gotten myself into? I find it interesting that this new position begins on Christmas Eve. Perhaps that is why I've been thinking so much lately about my previous Christmas programs. If I should get stage fright, and do something amusing or embarrassing, my fear is that the members of the church will be telling the story and laughing for years to come. Oh well, at least I'll

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Merry Christmas Kandy

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It s not too early to start making plans for New Year s Eve and at the Inn we have the perfect option for those who want to ring in the New Year in the quiet and charm of the Hocking Hills. Take a much needed break after the busy holiday season and let the staff at the INN at Cedar Falls treat you to an evening of peace and tranquility. Call ahead, and they will have a bottle of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries awaiting you in your room when you arrive. Surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Parks, the green certified and Select Registry property, Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, in Logan, OH, features a setting that puts guests in tune with the harmony of nature, the peace of solitude and the simple joys of the Earth’s beauty. Have dinner in their award-winning restaurant and enjoy Chef Anthony’s special New Year’s Eve menu. Begin the evening with Pan Seared Crab Cake with Apple-Fennel Slaw & Sweet Mirin Winter, 2012


Places to Go: Hocking Hills for New Years

Reduction or Boiled Goat Cheese on Ciabatta Toast w/Herbs and Balsamic Glaze. Delectable entrees include Roasted Filet Mignon with Champagne Sauce or Broiled & Blackened Lobster Tail with Drawn Butter or Grilled Pork Chop Stuffed with Pear & Golden Raisin Compote & Thyme Reduction or Pan Seared Halibut with Red Onion Confit and Beurre Blanc. Save room for a fabulous dessert of Cardamom “Floating Island” with Vanilla-Bourbon Crème Anglaise or Mixed Berry Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or Flourless Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis & Sweet Cream. If you prefer a relaxing, cozy, and much less crowded environment, spend this New Year’s Eve in the Hocking Hills! For more information, or reservations, visit

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usic, art, ritual, and festivities take place New Year's Eve throughout downtown Columbia, beginning with a USA certified 5K run/walk at 4 p.m. The performance venues open at 6:30 p.m., with entertainment starting at 7 p.m. and last until 12:30 a.m. The entertainment theme is: “It’s All About The Guitar!” The language and skill of the guitar is universal as it connects multiple cultures, genres and generations. This year, First Night will feature local and national guitar power players from a wide variety of styles. A special feature is national touring artists, Davis, Miller, May, acoustic Americana trio, featuring Flatpick Guitar with Gretchen PriestMay on fiddle. There will be a special Teen Venue and lots of children's activities and entertainment. Start your new year off with goals of taking your music skills to that next level at a 3 hour workshop Jan. 1 called “Improvisation on all Acoustic Instruments” All skill levels welcome and proceeds will go to First Night Columbia. The purpose of the celebration is to recapture the symbolic significance of the passage from the old year to the new; to unite the community through a shared cultural celebration; and to deepen and broaden the public’s appreciation of the visual and performing arts. The evening concludes with fireworks at midnight. Events and activities take place throughout the downtown area. For more information, visit or call 573-673-8477 Winter, 2012

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Missouri 601 North Shore Drive St. Charles, MO

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Snowboarding and Acrobatic freeskiing BELLAIRE, MI This year, Shanty Creek Resorts seem to be taking things to a whole new level. Responding to the explosive growth of snowboarding and acrobatic freeskiing, the popular northern Michigan resort is dramatically expanding its existing terrain park and planning a whole series of new winter events and ski-related promotions for the 2012-2013 ski season. By Mike Norton Media Relations Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Places to Go: Cadillac

Just a short trip from anywhere, Cadillac is where you get that first ‘Up North feel', the forests are bigger, the town more welcoming. Cadillac is a city on the lakes, connected by trails, united by rivers and surrounded by forests, where you get away from it all. Ice fish on Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell with over 3,700 acres of prime fishing or go winter fly fishing on the Pine and Manistee Rivers. Snowmobilers enjoy 200 miles of groomed trails, while skiers enjoy over 485 vertical feet on 34 groomed trails at Caberfae Peaks. And cross country skiers enjoy over 60 miles of groomed trails too! We also have over 500,000 acres of state and national forest to hunt in year around. End your day with a mouthwatering homemade meal in downtown Cadillac. Load up and head on up to Cadillac, a small town with a big heart! Cadillac offers unique shopping boutiques, bowling centers, a roller skating rink, a championship ice rink, two full service health and fitness facilities, a 3D movie theater, historic and recreational museums, downhill and snowboarding at Caberfae Ski Resort, Diggins Hill for sledding, and mouthwatering cuisine at local restaurants. Over 300 miles of multi-terrain trails for snowmobilers, skiers, cross country skiers, winter hikers, trekking and snow shoeing. Combine our trails with our natural attractions offering hunting, fishing, on over 500,000 acres of state and national forest. Caberfae Peaks the oldest ski resort in the Midwest with 485 ft of vertical and 34 runs. Professional and tournament type ice fishing on Lakes Cadillac, Mitchell and Missaukee, absolutely we have a full itinerary for any outdoor enthusiast. For more information, visit Page 32

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